UNC Charlotte to Host 'Harnessing the Power of Data' Conference

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE – April 29, 2014 - UNC Charlotte will host the conference “Harnessing the Power of Data” from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at the Ritz-Carlton in Uptown Charlotte. This one-day event will bring together leading experts from industry and academia to discuss the most recent trends in “Big Data.”

“The era of Big Data is upon us,” said Bob Morgan, president and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.  “These data are critical to the future of productivity, competitiveness, and even survival of business in the 21st Century.  Organizations and regions that effectively use Big Data first and best will win the day.”

Charlotte leaders note the Queen City is uniquely positioned to serve as a leader in a data-driven economy based on the  concentration and spectrum of data-driven industries in the state, including energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.

The University’s Data Science and Business Analytics (DSBA) Initiative is an industry-university-state partnership designed to broaden and deepen North Carolina’s business analytics talent and stimulate strategic innovation. Its goal is to support high-end job creation and business investment in the Charlotte region and across the state. The Belk College of Business, College of Computing and Informatics and College of Health and Human Services at UNC Charlotte are leading this initiative.

The May 13 conference will provide attendees information on how firms are integrating Big Data into everything they do to better serve their customers, to create strategic advantages for themselves, improve patient outcomes and to better deploy scarce resources. This forum also will address the challenges of technology integration and how to find the human talent needed to be successful in these efforts.

Keynote speakers include Eric Siegel, Ph.D., Columbia University, founder of Predictive Analytics World and author of “Predictive Analytics:  The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie or Die;” David Kiron, Ph.D., executive editor of MIT Sloan Management Review’s Innovation Hubs; and Beth Noveck, the first U.S. deputy chief technology officer and founder and director of the Governance Lab and the Javits Visiting Professor at New York University.

Other speakers include Mark Bell, N.C. Hospital Association; Stephanie Alexander, PeraHealth Inc.; Eric Brinsfield, SAS; N.C. State Sen. Jeffery Tarte; N.C. State Rep. Jason Saine; Rishi Bhatnagar, Syntello; Kelly Ross; Finance, Measure & Evaluate; Steve Cranford, Charlotte Business Journal; Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Allen Naidoo and Michael Dulin, Carolinas HealthCare System; and Yi Deng, Sunil Erevelles, Nancy Fey-Yensan, Steve Ott, William Ribarsky and Derek Wang all from UNC Charlotte.

Register online and share information via social networks using #bigdata14uncc.

“Harnessing the Power of Data” sponsors include UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business, College of Computing and Informatics and College of Health and Human Services and Bank of America, BB&T, Carolinas Healthcare Systems, Cap Tech, Charlotte Chamber, CRI, CTS, DataChambers, Deloitte, Duke Energy, Family Dollar, Forrester, Ingersoll Rand, Lash Group, Lowes, Mariner, Pactera, Syntelli and Quaero.

Email Marjorie Bray Bray (marjorie.bray@uncc.edu) about sponsorship opportunities.

 About the College of Computing and Informatics

The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is the largest and most comprehensive technology program in North Carolina, and one of the largest in the nation offering scale and critical mass in cutting-edge research and innovation. CCI is a national leader in interdisciplinary partnerships, bridging fundamental research with critical scientific, societal, and national defense challenges. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, and the CCI Center for Education Innovation.  Active research awards currently total $35 Million.  Contact: Clark Curtis, clarkcurtis@uncc.edu. cci.uncc.edu

About the Belk College of Business

Accredited by AACSB International, the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte offers outstanding business education programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, including a nationally-ranked part-time MBA program based at UNC Charlotte Center City. The Belk College is committed to building strong partnerships in the Greater Charlotte region and beyond as a vital part of our mission as North Carolina’s urban research business school. Find the Belk College of Busines on Facebook at facebook.com/BelkCollegeOfBusiness. Contact: Sarah Caron, Sarah.Caron@uncc.edu. belkcollege.uncc.edu

About the College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services offers professionally recognized and accessible undergraduate and graduate programs that are nationally and globally relevant, and responsive to changing health care and human service needs in the region and the state of North Carolina.  The College achieves excellence through informed and effective teaching in its degree programs, community partnerships, and professional activities and research to create knowledge, advance science, and inform practice in the health and human services professions. health.uncc.edu.



UNC Charlotte Media Relations contact:  Buffie Stephens, 704-687-5830, BuffieStephens@uncc.edu


University's Data Science and Business Analytics Initiative brings together industry and academia to discuss Big Data